Ben Carpenter

Writer, hiker, cyclist, and cat dad kicking it in Kansas City with plans to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.

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A Year to Be Flexible

A Year to Be Flexible

This is a piece meant to reflect on the hesitation so many of us are feeling right now.  After years of collecting gear, and saving cash, I am

Feb 16, 2021 : Ben Carpenter
Little Jerusalem Badlands: Testing New Tents in New Parks

Little Jerusalem Badlands: Testing New Tents in New Parks

Preparing for a thru-hike means testing gear. Recently I went out into Western Kansas to try out both my Nemo Hornet 1P. Western Kansas is not always

Jan 28, 2021 : Ben Carpenter
“But Why?”: Understanding the Motivations for my Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

“But Why?”: Understanding the Motivations for my Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

In graduate school, my research explored different social dimensions of outdoor recreation. Talking to dozens of hikers, bikers, horseback riders,

Jan 19, 2021 : Ben Carpenter